The busy Christmas period continues on Bank Holiday Monday and it could be the last time we see Louis van Gaal in the Manchester United dugout as well as a new team at the top of the league come the end of the day. Jamie Hinks is here to make sense of all eight games taking place on this packed EPL match day.

Crystal Palace v Swansea

Palace have been hit by a mini injury crisis that means Connor Wickham and Yannick Bolasie are missing, although they still earned a clean sheet on Boxing Day at Bournemouth. Marouane Chamakh has had a meaningful impact on the last two clashes between the two teams, winning a penalty at the Liberty Stadium last December and scoring on the final day of the season in May. Swansea have won three of their last four at Selhurst Park and will be looking to impress any new manager that materalises. Even so, the Welsh side have only won once away all season and that was at Villa, and come into this one off the back of a tight 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

Who to pick

Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace ($3,800)
Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace ($6,200)
Andre Ayew, Swansea City ($5,300)
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea City ($5,700)

Everton v Stoke

Before last weekend’s defeat to Leicester, Everton were unbeaten in six games and have a striker in red hot form. Romelu Lukaku has scored nine goals in his last seven games and has shown no signs of slowing up. Don’t say it too loudly, but he could well surpass Jamie Vardy’s consecutive scoring record before long. Everton have only won a third of their home games this season and face a Stoke side that likes to travel. Half of the Potters’ wins have come away from the Britannia, although that good run has hit the buffers in the past few weeks after a loss at Sunderland and draw at West Ham.

Who to pick

Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($8,100)
Leighton Baines, Everton ($4,600)
Marko Arnautovic, Stoke ($4,500)
Bojan, Stoke ($4,200)

Norwich v Aston Villa

Two sides once managed by Paul Lambert hit the grass at Carrow Road as Norwich attempt to put even more distance between themselves and Villa. Alex Neil’s side have picked up of late and are unbeaten in three home games including credible 1-1 draws against Arsenal and Everton in their last two games in East Anglia. Villa have won on their last two visits to Carrow Road and did the double over the Canaries in 2013/14. Their only win so far this season came on the opening day at Bournemouth and the side sit on just eight points. Villa have only actually been hammered once since Remi Garde took charge (0-4 v Everton, November 21). Jordan Ayew has three goals in five games and whilst that doesn’t sound like much, for the lowest scoring side in the league that’s prolific.

Who to pick

Wes Hoolahan, Norwich ($3,100)
Declan Rudd, Norwich ($3,900)
Jordan Ayew, Aston Villa ($4,500)
Jordan Veretout, Aston Villa ($4,000)

Watford v Tottenham

Tottenham haven’t lost away from home since being turned over on the opening day at Manchester United but have been draw specialists with four stalements on their travels. Tottenham also haven’t won a league game at Watford since 1984, however that comes with the caveat that they’ve hardly played each other. Only Leicester City are in better form than Watford right now and the glory hornet boys are unbeaten in five, achieving clean sheets in three of them. Odion Ighalo is a striker in red hot form and has scored five in his last four at Vicarage Road.

Who to pick

Troy Deeney, Watford ($5,300)
Odion Ighalo, Watford ($7,000)
Harry Kane, Tottenham ($7,600)
Hugo Lloris, Tottenham ($4,300)

West Brom v Newcastle

Two of the Premier League’s quirkiest sides form-wise face off at The Hawthorn’s and a win for the home side will allow West Brom to pull away from the bottom three. Only Bournemouth, Swansea and Aston Villa have a worse home record over the past six games than West Brom and the hosts have scored just 17 times so far this season. Salomon Rondon and James McClean serve the second game of their three game bans for straight red cards against Bournemouth and there will be rotation as a result. Ayoze Perez scored in both games last season between the two teams and has a knack of scoring against the same sides very often. Just ask Tottenham. Problem here is that Newcastle have scored just five times in eight away games and conceded a pitiful 19 goals in that same time span.

Who to pick

Saido Berahino, West Brom ($3,800)
Boaz Myhill, West Brom ($3,300)
Ayoze Perez, Newcastle ($5,400)
Robert Elliot, Newcastle ($3,500)

Arsenal v Bournemouth

Neck and neck in the form table, Bournemouth’s visit to the Emirates is one of the more interesting games on December 28. Arsenal’s win against Man City just before Christmas gave them some breathing space and left them just two points behind Leicester, something that stayed the same despite the 4-0 drubbing against Southampton on Boxing Day. Their one loss at home all season came against West Ham on the opening day and since then Arsene Wenger’s side have not relented. Mesut Özil already has 15 assists and Olivier Giroud has scored in three of his last four games. Eddie Howe has dragged Bournemouth out of the relegation zone using a group of players that includes no big stars after most of their summer signings landed on the treatment table with long term injuries. They sit third in the form table and haven’t lost since early November.

Who to pick

Mesut Özil, Arsenal ($8,200)
Olivier Giroud, Arsenal ($7,000)
Matt Ritchie, Bournemouth ($6,400)
Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth ($5,000)

Man Utd v Chelsea

Jose Mourinho future vs Jose Mourinho past? Very possibly. If things go badly for United boss Louis van Gaal against Stoke then this could be his last game in charge. United haven’t beaten Chelsea at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and the games played in the last two seasons have ended in draws. It has now been five games since van Gaal’s side tasted victory in the Premier League and in that time they’ve scored just three goals. Chelsea, on the other hand, are unbeaten since Mourinho’s departure but will be missing Diego Costa, who picked up a fifth yellow card of the season against Watford.

Who to pick

Anthony Martial, Man Utd ($6,300)
Ashley Young, Man Utd ($3,900)
Willian, Chelsea ($7,200)
Oscar, Chelsea ($5,600)

West Ham v Southampton

West Ham welcome a Southampton side that will be buoyed by a huge 4-0 win against Arsenal. The home side have drawn five games in a row and their opening goal against Aston Villa was their first in four games. Slaven Bilic’s men are actually unbeaten in six home games since losing the opening two and their problems at the business end of the pitch is down to the absence of Dimitri Payet, who will not return here. Southampton’s win against Arsenal arrested a six game run without a win that included five losses. Graziano Pelle remains sidelined yet Shane Long’s performance on Boxing Day will give Ronald Koeman a lot of confidence. Southampton won here last season 3-1 and the last three between the two sides at Upton Park have produced 13 goals.

Who to pick

Mauro Zarate, West Ham ($4,800)
Enner Valencia, West Ham ($3,800)
Shane Long, Southampton ($3,800)
Cuco Martina, Southampton ($2,000)